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Woodpigeon Portrait

Woodpigeon Portrait
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, 70mm.300.mm apo sigma
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-17 10:40
Viewed: 2642
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We have many Woodpigeons in the trees around where I live.They always seem hungary and will eat anything put out for the small birds. Although they often scare the other birds away i took this picture to show that they are quite a good looking bird.

Woodpigeon. Columba livia. Length 41cm
A plump medium sized pigeon, common and familiar on farmland and increasingly seen in urban areas too. Plumage mainly blue-grey with pinkish maroon on the breast. Has a distinctive white patch on the side of the neck and in flight shows prominent transverse white wingbars. When disturbed flies off with a loud clattering of wings.Builds nest of twigs on horizontal branches . Feeds on seeds and shoots of green plants.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-17 10:43]
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Hi Nick,
Great shot, pin sharp with excellent detail, the eye is fantastic. Any ideas what camera you are going to buy yet?

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-17 10:45]

Hello Nicholas,
Great portrait of this Woodpigeon. Very sharp with lovely details, beautiful colours and BG.
Fantastic composition. The white on its beak is a pity.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-17 10:45]

Hi Nick,
Nice portrait. Good job bring out the detail in the plummage and around the eye. Good DOF. Colors are nice and even except for slight overexposure of white above beak.
Have a great evening.

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-07-17 10:51]

Hi Nick,
Great portrait,
regards marcin

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-17 10:53]

Hi Nick,

A marvelous portrait of this woodpigeon. The colors are magnificent. The details could not be sharper. Beautiful face, eye, and neck feathers. The background is perfect.


Hello Nick,
Wow, what a sharp portrait with excellent details in it!
good exposure and focus as well
well done and well seen

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-07-17 11:48]

Bonjour Nicholas, this shot is just stunning!! sharpness and color are perfect. And overall, I like this round eye a loot!! regards, Didier.

Good close up Glen...showing some nice feather and eye detail. Best, Brat.

Hello Nicholas,
Excellent details, close-up work is very well done!
The plumage is captured in an impressive manner, outstanding sharpness and great colours...
The bird is well framed, fine portrait qualities!
Pablo -

Hola Nicholas.
Este es un magnífico retrato de paloma, con muy buenos detalles. Buen bg y DoF.
Estupenda nota.
Saludos, JL.

What a beautiful bird as you have captured it Nicholas. England must be home to nature, while the US is a home of natural things....it makes for an interesting mix eh? Clear shot of this bird. The eye looks as focused on you as you are on it. Nice piece!


Hello Nicholas,
Beautiful portrait of such common bird.
We overhere have lots of them flying around also, but I never though about making shots of them.
Must be because they are some common and I come across them every day.
I'm glad you did so I can take a better look at one of them.
Sharpness and exposure are great.
Details in the feathers and soft BG are wonderful.
What a strange eye this bird has. Seems like some second pupil underneath the original one or is this some kind of reflection in the inner eye?
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-07-17 19:36]

Hola Nicolas. Wow! Exelente Macro de esta "Paloma" Me agradan sus colores y sus ojos. Luis52.

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-07-17 19:40]

Hi Nicholas,
For me this is an interesting bird because I don’t think we have it in Canada. The picture is very good with nice colors and details.TFS
Regards, Mario

hi nicholas,
excellent portrait,sharp image with good details, liked the eye contact, nicely composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-18 0:33]

Hi Nicholas,
Outstanding portrait shot with immaculate sharpness on the plumage and awesome colour tones. The eyes and bill look fabulous and you have captured an elegant pose. Excellent POV and DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-18 1:07]

Hi Nicholas

A wonderful close-up. Excellent detail and colour and nice blurred BG.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-18 3:46]

Nicholas, WOW very very closeup shot. Look at the eyes and the expression friend. Excellent msg conveyed through eyes. Ganesh

Wow, that's cool! Wonderful close-up with great details. Perfect composition with an interesting expression on our pigeon's face. The detail is so splendid that we can make out the odd shape of the bird's pupil.

Hi Nicholas, splendid portrait of lovely pigeon with wonderful colors, great details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-18 10:35]

Hello Nick,
Lovely portrait of this beautiful pigeon
What a beautiful eye, great colors and composition
very sharp image.. well done


Wonderful sharp detail, Nick!
Colours and composition A1!
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Nicholas.
Beautiful portrait.
Muito boa luz e bem nitida (sharp).

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-07-18 19:48]

Hello Nick,
Excellent portrait of the wood pigeon. The bird looks proud to be photographed.:)The sharpness and details are very good. I liked the background too. thanks for sharing this beauty with us.

Hi Nicholas,
Beautiful portrait of this common but difficult to photograph bird. Pity about the burn out of the whites, probably due to a little over exposure.
Well done,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-19 6:30]

Hi Nicholas,
Good portrait of this woodpigeon. Colors, composition, POV and details look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-19 10:18]

Hi Nicholas

I have three of these in my garden. They stand on the water bowl to reach up to the bird feeders. They almost squash the sparrows when they fly down. I do like them despite this. They are full of character and look great. Lovely sharp portrait shot with a great POV and excellent DOF



hi nicholas,

beautiful close up.clean.with this nice iridial spot in this pigeon!

Hi Nicholas,
Wonderful portrait, details are fantastic.
The eye got my attention immediately - the pupil seems a quite strange.
TFS - Shir

Hi Nick,
Great portrait with excellent details!
White on the beak is has burned.

selam, excellent shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

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